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Today (1:37PM)  World's longest train route from China to Spain will travel 6,200 miles in 21 days (www.dnaindia.com)
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China has launched an 82-wagon cargo train that will take 21 days to travel 6,200 miles and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid marking the longest route taken by a freight train.According to Washington Post, on November 18, the freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu. The train route is longer than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway. Yiwu is the largest wholesale center for small consumer goods in China. Now the city is plugged into a larger project with the freight train.The Yiwu-Madrid line is one of a series of routes unveiled following Beijing's new effort to revitalize intercontinental land trade.
  
Today (1:35PM)  Drugs seized in Tripura (www.sify.com)
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The Railway protection Force recently seized a huge quantity of medicines which are used as drugs at the Dharmanagar railway station in North Tripura.The Bangladesh bound contraband of more than rupees two lakhs had entered Tripura from neighboring Assam.The Northeast region which shares border with several countries is often used as a transit route for drugs and arms trafficking. (ANI)
  
Today (1:34PM)  Railway minister Suresh Prabhu to talk rail reforms with MPs - The Economic Times (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
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NEW DELHI: In a bid to take members of Parliament (MPs) on board, railway minister Suresh Prabhu would meet parliamentarians to discuss the progress of rail projects under implementation in their constituencies. The meet is aimed at ensuring speedy implementation as the state-run transporter is struggling with huge pendency of projects.Prabhu, along with minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, will meet all MPs in seven batches over dinner during the winter session of the Parliament session.An official in railway board secretariat said Sinha has directed the board to submit the details of ongoing projects and other works across 17 zones. The railways have landed in a financial mess due to the long list of non-remunerative projects.As per railway data, around 406 projects for constructing 43,982 km of tracks at a cost of Rs 1.85 lakh crore have been pending — some for over three decades. Soon after taking charge,...
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the BJP government had issued instructions to general managers, asking them to draw up a priority list on pending projects, while indicating certain projects could be scrapped.
The meeting is also seen as railway minister's attempt to reach out to MPs before preparation of the rail budget. Railways are flooded with requests from parliamentarians on new trains, laying of new tracks and stoppage of trains at particular stations in their constituencies among other things.
The move is also seen as an attempt to take MPs into confidence before infusing radical reforms which could be politically unpopular and make them partner in revival of the state-run transporter, an official said.
  
Today (1:34PM)  Chennai central station blasts: CB-CID team visits Dharwad (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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DHARWAD/CHENNAI: A team of officers from Crime Branch CID in Chennai and Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Mumbai on Saturday visited Dharwad in connection with the May 1 twin explosions at Chennai Central railway station. The local police were reportedly not kept in the loop.
Sources said the team went to the Karnataka town based on information that three young men with possible links to the May 1 blasts had stayed at Arogya Nagar in Dharwad's Tejaswi Nagar area. The team searched cybercafes and STD booths reportedly used by the men.
Police said the three approached Shivaji Kulkarni, owner of a house in Tejaswi Nagar, and said they wanted a portion for rent. Calling themselves Arvind, Anand and Kishan, they told him they were merchants from Uttar Pradesh.
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They would remain indoors all day and visit the cybercafe and the STD booth at night. They are believed to have made international calls and sent emails to people abroad, police said after inquiries. A group of persons from Hyderabad frequently called on the trio at their house, sources said. They vacated the house in May.
Meanwhile, investigators probing the twin blasts have sought central agencies' help to nab the six Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) activists thought to be involved.
The activists Amjad, Aslam, Zakir and Mehboob of Khandwa, Ejazuddin of Kareli and Abu Faizal of Juhu, who escaped from a prison in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, on September 30, 2013, are thought to be holed up in areas close to the India-Pakistan border.
  
Today (1:32PM)  ATS team visits Dharwad (www.deccanherald.com)
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Dharwad :Officials of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Mumbai and Chennai visited Dharwad recently and collected information related to bomb blasts at the Chennai Central Railway Station. According to sources, the ATS team had come to the city based on information provided by two of the three youths suspected to be involved in terror activities and arrested in Hyderabad. During interrogation, the duo had claimed that they were from Uttar Pradesh and that they had stayed in Dharwad earlier. Sources said the three youths, Anand, Arvind and Kishan, had rented a house at Arogya Nagar in Tejaswi Nagar for six months and informed the owner, Shivaji Kulkarni, that they were merchants from UP. The trio had vacated the house in May this year.
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Protocol (IP) address of the computers from where the e-mails were sent, the ATS officials visited a cyber cafe to unearth more details.
Highly placed sources in the police department said the ATS team also visited an STD booth in the locality and collected evidence. However, the local police were not kept in the loop and they had no information about their arrival. The incident has sent a shock wave among neighbours.
  
Today (1:23PM)  Railways to expand FDI participation list, identify 50 projects (www.rediff.com)
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Indian Railways (IR) is gearing up for another phase of reforms through a slew of measures.
These include expanding the list of areas where foreign direct investment (FDI) will be invited, identifying at least 50 projects to be commissioned on a public-private partnership (PPP) and finalising a fiscal road map that will shape its budget formulations over the next five years. “We are adding more projects to the list of areas where 100 per cent FDI will be allowed.
The work is on in full swing to increase dialogue with the private sector,” said minister of state Manoj Sinha at an annual event.
“Also, we have selected 50-60 large-size projects to be implemented on PPP mode, with attached conditions.” He said consultations on
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the steps had begun between senior minister Suresh Prabhu and industry stakeholders.
The identified projects would soon be put on the ministry website, with details and deadlines for their commissioning and implementation. “So far, the interest in FDI has largely surrounded three areas – High Speed Rail (HSR), medium HSR and station development. We will add more projects to this list shortly,” Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar, also present on the occasion, said in his speech.
“Call it a craze, fever or national interest but HSR is our window to the outside world.”
The Union Cabinet had in August relaxed the FDI norms to allow 100 per cent investment in projects such as HST, suburban services, dedicated freight corridors, freight and passenger terminals. The ministry has notified a list of 17 such areas, including rail route electrification, signalling systems and logistics parks.
Other areas freed for FDI include cleaning operations and mechanised laundries, construction, maintenance and operation facilities to supply non-conventional sources of energy to IR, installation and maintenance of bio-toilets in passenger trains, setting up of technical training institutes, testing facilities and laboratories and providing technological solutions to improve safety.
Kumar said the ministry was awaiting clearance from the commissioner of railway safety for the first semi-high speed line between Delhi and Agra, of the total of nine such identified routes.
“We are not just talking about locomotives as before. We are talking about HSR and station development.
This is a new focus generated in the last few months,” he said. Sinha said the road map being prepared by IR would shape its budget and finances over the next four to five years.
“Also, work has simultaneously started for preparing a vision document that will give direction to the railways' budget for the next 20 years,” he said.
The announcement for a new vision document comes even as a similar Vision 2020 document prepared under former railways minister Mamata Banerjee exists.
The earlier document, prepared in 2009, had also promised HSR as part of big-bang reforms in the key areas of capacity creation, safety and finances.
  
नई दिल्ली . लता मंगेशकर जैसी सुरीली आवाज में'सत्यम शिवम सुन्दरम' गा रही एक लड़की का वीडियो इन दिनों व्हाट्सएप्प पर वायरल हो गया है. कई मीडिया संस्थान इस लड़की तक पहुंचने तक की कोशिश में लगी हुई रही,लेकिन सफलता मिली जी मीडिया ग्रुप को.
आखिर ज़ी मीडिया की मुहिम रंग लाई, मिल गई उसे सुरों की 'सरस्वती'..जिस 'सरस्वती' के बारे में जानने के लिए पूरा देश बेताब था, वह कोच्चि में मिली है.ज़ी मीडिया ने सुरों की शहज़ादी जयालक्ष्मी को ढूंढ़ निकाला.
व्हाट्सएप्प से पहले किसी परिचित के माध्यम से मुंबई में रहनेवाले वाइस ओवर आर्टिस्ट और प्ले बेक सिंगर प्रशांत के टी को यह वीडियो प्राप्त हुआ था.उन्होंने 17 नवंबर को इसे यू ट्यूब पर अपलोड कर दिया.प्रशांत ने ही उस आवाज़ की तुलना लता जी से करते हुए
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एक शीर्षक दे दिया.साथ ही लोगों से मदद की अपील की थी.
प्रशांत ने इसे यू ट्यूब के अलावा सोशल मीडिया व्हाट्सएप्प पर चार दिनों तक लगातार शेयर कर सभी के सामने तलाश करने की चुनौती खड़ी कर दी.
इस बात का सहज ही अंदाजा यू ट्यूब के कमेंट्स बॉक्स को देख कर भी लगाया जा सकता है. प्रशांत ने पलपल इंडिया संवाददाता से चर्चा के दौरान बताया कि यह वीडियो उन्हें अपने किसी परिचित के लिंक से ही व्हाट्सएप्प पर मिला था. उन्हें इस छोटी-सी लड़की की सुरीली आवाज़ में लता दी की झलक दिख गई. हालांकि उन्हें भी नहीं मालूम था कि वह गाने वाली छोटी-सी लड़की है कौन?
बस,वे उस प्रतिभा को दुनिया के सामने लाने के लिए सोशल मीडिया का सहारा ले लिया. जी मीडिया की तलाश पूर्ण होने की खबर मिलते ही प्रशांत ने यू ट्यूब के कमेंट्स बॉक्स में लिखा है कि:
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती..
जो ठान ले कुछ करने का उनके आगे कोई दीवार नहीं होती..
हम सब की मेहनत रँग लायी हमारी "सरस्वती" मिल गयीं ..
चार रात दिन और रातें जगते-जगते आज मै बुखार से लस्त था पर जैसे ही यह खबर सुना पसीना आ गया और बुखार ना जाने कहाँ गया..जी न्यूज से बिनती है मेरी.. मै मिलना चाहता हूँ अपनी सरस्वती से.. आप सब का बहुत धन्यवाद.

  
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Today (12:40PM)  ISKCON nod a major boost for Metro Rail (www.thehindu.com)
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While the suspense continues about the probable alignment changes on the Metro Rail corridors, a significant breakthrough has been achieved in providing the right of way at a key site. The ISKCON temple authorities have agreed to allow the overhead viaduct across their property without affecting their two main structures.Senior Metro Rail officials, declining to be identified, indicated that a broad agreement was reached with the temple authorities to permit construction in 18 metre wide corridor inside, on crossing Sangeet crossroads junction. A sum of close to six crore rupees is to be paid as compensation for acquiring 6,000 sq.yards of the land.It comes as a shot in the arm for the beleaguered Metro Rail officials as the issue was hanging fire over the last couple of years and had become a major bottleneck on corridor three – Nagole – Shilparamam - Raidurg route. Apparently, patient negotiations with the property...
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owners concerned and the Government’s support has ensured some recalcitrant cases to come around.Senior officials are now quietly confident of acquiring parts of a prominent club in Begumpet too.“Over the years we have managed to take over more than 1,000 properties along with old Gandhi Hospital land and defence properties through persuasion and attractive compensation package,” they point out.
Court cases Still about 500 properties including 281 key ones have to be acquired. Some of these also come under Urban Land Ceiling Act and Government Vested Municipal (GVMs) properties – listed as Government lands on official records. Thus far, 156 GVMs have been acquired while 100 more are left.
Significant number of remaining GVMs are on the Greenlands-Jubilee Hills route (4.5 km), also on corridor three. Only a few piers or pillars of viaduct of 117 planned have come up on this stretch due to a court case by the affected persons. The HC has already heard both parties and final judgement is awaited.
  
Today (12:35PM)  Railway officers set to adopt stations for cleaning (www.indiatvnews.com)
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New Delhi: Looking to give a new impetus to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has suggested that officers working with the public transporter could adopt one railway station each in order to ensure proper cleanliness on the premises.
Noting that “in Railways, cleaning is nobody’s baby”, Prabhu has also advocated banning of cooking and shifting out of commercial stalls, including eateries, from the platforms to keep railway stations clean and safe.
According to the plan, about 700 stations are being identified to be taken up by individual officers for cleaning from next month.
“In Railways, cleaning is nobody’s baby. Constant tussle between medical, commercial and engineering branches on not owning the cleaning job,” Prabhu
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said in a note sent to the Chairman, Railway Board, and other officials concerned.
“Railways has almost as many officers (group A and B) as it has railway stations. It may be a good idea if an officer adopts a station for cleaning purposes,” he added in the note.
Although there are about 7,500 stations in the country, the number of those being chosen for cleaning is about 700 only.
“The stations being chosen are the ones where train movement is significant,” said a senior rail ministry official.
The cleanliness drive was taken up by railways on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The then Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda himself had picked up the broom at New Delhi station as part of the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan.
However, the drive appears to have lost steam and the new rail minister is keen to relaunch it in a dedicated way.
With a view to take the drive forward, Prabhu has also sought a ban on cooking on platforms along with the shifting out of stalls and eateries.
While cooking on platforms is one of the factors which contribute to uncleanliness, it is also considered to be a safety hazard.
  
Today (12:35PM)  Suresh Prabhu to talk rail reforms with MPs (m.timesofindia.com)
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NEW DELHI: In a bid to take members of Parliament (MPs) on board, railway minister Suresh Prabhu would meet parliamentarians to discuss the progress of rail projects under implementation in their constituencies. The meet is aimed at ensuring speedy implementation as the state-run transporter is struggling with huge pendency of projects.
Prabhu, along with minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, will meet all MPs in seven batches over dinner during the winter session of the Parliament session.
An official in railway board secretariat said Sinha has directed the board to submit the details of ongoing projects and other works across 17 zones. The railways have landed in a financial mess due to the long list of non-remunerative projects.
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per railway data, around 406 projects for constructing 43,982 km of tracks at a cost of Rs 1.85 lakh crore have been pending — some for over three decades. Soon after taking charge, the BJP government had issued instructions to general managers, asking them to draw up a priority list on pending projects, while indicating certain projects could be scrapped.
The meeting is also seen as railway minister's attempt to reach out to MPs before preparation of the rail budget. Railways are flooded with requests from parliamentarians on new trains, laying of new tracks and stoppage of trains at particular stations in their constituencies among other things.
The move is also seen as an attempt to take MPs into confidence before infusing radical reforms which could be politically unpopular and make them partner in revival of the state-run transporter, an official said.
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